After education and health successes, AAP govt unveils green budget

After education and health successes, AAP govt unveils green budget

Delhi's budget for 2018-19 has been pegged at Rs 53,000 crore.

In the budget proposals for the upcoming financial year, the government also announced installation of CCTV cameras in schools, providing self-defence training for girl students, allocating Rs 100 crore for free Wi-Fi, which was a major pre-poll promise by the AAP and installation of 1.2 lakh CCTV cameras in the city by June next year.

The state finance minister, Manish Sisodia, said, "Despite demonetisation and GST, Delhi's economy is growing", adding that the government allocates Rs 1,000 crore for repairing small roads of the municipal corporations.

The 26 initiatives listed out by the government in this year's budget also included procuring 1,000 electric buses, introduction of 905 feeder electric buses meant for last mile connectivity from Metro stations and expansion of eligibility criteria for e-rickshaw subsidy that have also figured in the budgets of past governments.

Delhi's Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, this year, also tabled the status report of the Outcome Budget 2017-18 that he had presented last year. "We have complete trust on our businessmen and they believe on the government, that's why we get more taxes' collection, " Mr Kejriwal said.

Others include replacing all street lights on PWD roads with energy efficient LED lights, an extensive tree plantation drives, and new city forests in Jaunapur, Ayanagar, Dera Mandi, and Bela Farm among others.

The government has also proposed to set aside Rs 1,000 crore for fix and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city, he said.

Rs 1,833 crores allocated for welfare schemes for poor and marginalized.

The pilot project to install solar panels over 16 km length of cycle tracks.

A total of 48,879 patients, suffering from tuberculosis, were put on treatment till December 31, 2017 as against 57,000 patients in fiscal 2016-17, it stated.

For the fix and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city, the government has assigned Rs 100 crore for the plan.

The government would spend Rs 5 lakh for school managing committees to strengthen libraries, arts and education.

Of the Rs 13,997 crore budget allocation, Rs 13,328 crore is the revenue budget, and Rs 759 crore is the capital budget.

School teachers would be given tablet computers to keep the record of attendance. Rs 15 crore has been allocated to Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights to evaluate and rank government schools.

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